As any mom knows, it’s ridiculously easy to rack up baby stuff (bottles, bibs, Boppies...and that’s just the letter B). So when you find something that will take you through your kid’s next growth spurt, it feels like winning the parenting lottery. Which is why we were so excited to hear about the Chicco Fit4 4-in-1 car seat.
Chicco is consistently rated as one of the safest car seat makers on the market, and this new iteration sounds great on paper: Easy-to-remove layers mean your kid can safely use the seat from four to 100 pounds (in other words, from day one until about 10 years old). It also features a ten-position easy-adjust headrest and nine recline positions, and works in both rear- and front-facing positions. But how does it fare in real life? One PureWow mom put it to the test with her two boys, 4-year-old Henry (stage three: preschool) and 6-year-old Charlie (stage four: big kid).
Installation: “We are a Chicco family through and through—we started with the KeyFit30 (i.e., the stage one infant seat), which both boys used. Then we bought two NextFit Zip convertible seats that we were very happy with. All to say that installation at this point is fairly intuitive, as Chicco has similar features and attachment points across all products. The only thing that was slightly tricky is that, because we jumped straight to levels three and four, we had to flip through the instructions manual a little bit; the beginning shows you the levels, but then the removal of the cushions, padding and straps comes later. I have to admit that we didn’t try to scan the QR code on the side of the car seat, which leads you to instructional videos, but that seems like a pretty cool feature. Because I had previously watched the videos and had the end vision in mind, all in all it was fairly easy.”
Usability: “The seat was super simple to use. It was easy to tighten the straps thanks to the SuperCinch Latch tightener—that strap in between the legs—which was very smooth to operate. And the buckles were easy to clip and unclip; both of my boys were able to do it themselves.”